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DENMARK - Fishoil suppliers contaminated products, charged with forgery

FF Skagen, together with two other companies, has been charged for forgery in connection with sale and distribution of fish oil and for violating EU by‐products regulations

July 17, 2013


FF Skagen, together with two other companies, has  been charged for forgery in connection with sale and distribution of fish oil and for violating EU rules concerning by‐products. 

For the past three years, FF Skagen has added the residue from the production of fish oil pills for human use to fish oil. The residue comprises fish oil and alcohol. FF Skagen said that to their knowledge, the residue is not health damaging, however it is illegal to add it to the fish oil. 

The contamination was discovered by a veterinary control. Subsequently, FF Skagen was reported to the police. Based on this incident the company was searched. 

The Board of Directors immediately dismissed the administrating director, Morten Broberg. 

Jens Borup, Director of the FF Skagen board said the the Board of Directors were unaware  that rules had been broken. “We look at this very seriously since it is a breach of the trust which the customers place in FF Skagen. Therefore we have today dismissed Director Morten Broberg immediately

The company is charged with mixing 3,200 tonnes of residue into fish oil, which has been used for aquafeed.

The company said it will immediately start purification of the fish oil under suspicion of containing the residue and will not market it unless it has been thoroughly purified and is free of any residue, which will be verified by independent analysis.

The company’s production of fish meal is not affected. 

 “We are very sorry that we have disappointed our customers”, Jens Borup said. “We will now do our utmost to make sure that the regain the trust in us. The matter will be taken fully care of and our efforts will be strengthened by means of third party controls.” 

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